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Religion and profit : Moravians in early America

Author: Katherine Carté Engel
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2009.
Series: Early American studies.
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"The Moravians, a Protestant sect founded in 1727 by Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf and based in Germany, were key players in the rise of international evangelicalism. In 1741, after planting communities on the frontiers of empires throughout the Atlantic world, they settled the communitarian enclave of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in order to spread the Gospel to thousands of nearby colonists and Native  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Carté Engel
ISBN: 9780812241235 0812241231
OCLC Number: 310961103
Notes: Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral--University of Wisconsin) under the title: Of heaven and earth.
Description: viii, 313 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Pilgrims' mission --
Interconnected worlds --
Moravian expansion in the Mid-Atlantic --
The moral parameters of economic endeavor --
Atlantic currents : global war and the fate of Moravian communalism --
Two revolutions : ending the Oeconomy and losing the missions --
A change in mission --
Unraveled strands.
Series Title: Early American studies.
Other Titles: Moravians in early America
Responsibility: Katherine Carté Engel.
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Catalysts in the birth of evangelicalism, the Moravians supported their religious projects through financial savvy, a distinctive communalism at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and transatlantic commercial  Read more...

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